Nothing is sacred

What’s wrong with voting? Although voting seems like an intuitive concept, there are a few major flaws that seem to be getting worse over time. Voting is never truly representative We assume voting is fair because it vaguely reflects some total population that we are trying to represent. It’s impossible to exactly pin down what “representative” […]

Seeking hard problems

It's that time of year again (where my schedule empties out), so I find myself in search of a really hard problem to work on. Some problems that have piqued my interest: Affordable housing. Did you know that affordable housing is defined as paying 30% of income or less on housing? And did you know […]

Disruptions: Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It’s Not Clear Why

Disruptions: Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It’s Not Clear Why. The policy requiring travelers to turn off electronic devices during takeoff and landing has zero supporting data. On the Frontier flight I took last night to DC, their $6/flight DirectTV remained on the entire time. Hypocritical.

Anonymous & Lulz security statement

Now let us be clear here, Mr. Chabinsky, while we understand that you and your colleagues may find breaking into websites unacceptable, let us tell you what WE find unacceptable: Governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece. Corporations aiding and […]

Ev Williams: The Challenges of a Web of Infinite Info

Ev Williams: The Challenges of a Web of Infinite Info. According a co-founder of Twitter, “what’s ‘dead’ is the original model of the web, which was completely distributed and decentralized.” Instead, large corporations will own huge tracts of land of which netizens sharecrop small plots. The corporation will control how the community operates and how […]

Serfing the web

The Economist, Nov. 11, 2010: Both Google and Facebook are run like absolute monarchies in which hundreds of millions of users (digital serfs, some might say) have created identities. Rather like mercantilist countries in the offline realm, both companies operate policies to protect this asset. Brad Burnham at Union Square Ventures, Jun. 10, 2010: Facebook […]